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The Very Quiet Cricket

The Very Quiet Cricket

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by Eric Carle, Krementz

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A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery


A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . .

As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp!

Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

Batteries are replaceable. Please use two 1.5 volt L1131 button cell batteries.

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"Typical of Carle's style, the language is simple, with rhythm, repetition, and alliteration to delight young listeners. Painted collage illustrations are lavish and expressive."--School Library Journal
"The text is skillfully shaped; the illustrations convey energy and immediacy."--Horn Book

"As usual, Carle's art is lovely and his story is simple and satisfying."--Publishers Weekly

"Carle's signature style ensures that this is a visual standout, and storywise it's appealing, too....The spare text is structured by repetitive phrasing that will lend itself to read-aloud responses."--Booklist

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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11.74(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.59(d)
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2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Brief Biography

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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The Very Quiet Cricket 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
debbspink More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter and my classroom when I was teaching. They all loved it, especially the surprise at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It didn't work. There was no cricket sound at the end of the story. I had to spend money to return it. Was very disappointed. I am sure that is rare.
grandmaGA More than 1 year ago
This story is written so well that my granchildren love to hear it read over and over. The "suspense" builds with each page and they love it! Will the very quiet cricket ever be able to make a noise? As a grandmother, I never tire of reading it. It also teches the names of some other insects. Buy it! You'll love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aside from this being a cute story, my 12 month old son loves this book because of the chirping the cricket does at the end of the story. He will find the book and open to the last page to hear the chirping and then he proudly shows us what he has found.
swillard More than 1 year ago
It's a little long and repetitive but my son loves it! He just turned two and he likes to say "But nothing happened, not a sound." Then we chirp at the end. I use the book I had when I was a kid and it's still going strong with the chirping. Must be a good battery. This book is a wonderful addition to your collection.
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WP_Mom More than 1 year ago
My kids (4 & 2 years old) both love this one. I think it has to do with how the little cricket has to try and try to succeed, just like them, and also the nice cricket noises at the end. Plus boys love bugs (they're both boys.) Usual Eric Carle quality illustrations. Good for bedtime since the cricket noise (unlike the Thomas books that make noise) does not make them get over-excited!
Rhaylin More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! I remember reading it when I was a child and now I can read it to my son. The only bummer was that I ordered online and when the book arrived the battery was dead so I had to go out and buy more batteries.
amantedelivro More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my niece and found it very zen and calming. The writer and illustrator created this beautiful quiet book really appreciating these colorful creatures. I recommended it highly to my brother who purchased it when i visited a week later I found the best part of the book didn't work. The book is about a little cricket that meets several insects one by one and tries to communicate with them so he rubs his wings together but nothing happens until the last page when he meets another cricket, you turn the page and you hear the beautiful summer night sound of crickets chirping, but not in this copy.
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loves-to-read-to-kids More than 1 year ago
This is not my favorite book by Eric Carle, but it is still a great book. I love reading this to my almost 3 yar old son, and 10 month old daughter. My son can go through the book and name off all the insects the cricket meets. Both kids especailly love the cricket "chirping" at the end. It's a very cute book to add to any collection.
Booklady27 More than 1 year ago
I love most of Eric Carle's books, but this is one of my favorites. It is a colorful book, a good story, and the best part is that the cricket is actually able to make his chirping sound at the end (there is a mechanism in the back of the book that makes the sound when you turn to the last page).
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is 19 months old, and this has been his favorite book for almost a year! We have the 'multi sensory' one, where you can actually HEAR the cricket on the last page..it's wonderful! He asks for it over & over, night after night, and it's repetitive enough, that after a few dozen readings, Mommy knows it by heart! ha!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a repeating pattern that children can easily read along to. Also, the sound of the cricket singing at the end is a great surprise for little ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is behind in speech due to a genetic disorder. He gets frustrated trying to communicate. He adores this book as do I. This is perfect for schools, daycares, speech therapists, etc. that deal with children that are 'very quiet.'